|The 2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring.|
A paradox which I shall explain.
|2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring.|
It is also rather controversially styled. And that appears to be hurting the Prius, although low gas prices are likely playing some part. When we reviewed the 2016 Prius Two Eco in July, we noted that we did not seem to be seeing as many of the new ones on the road as we had when new versions had been introduced in the past.
It isn't just us. There have only been two months in 2016 so far (January through November) where the Prius has sold as well or better than it did in the same month of 2015. And those numbers were way down from calendar year 2014. Even if Prius sales match last December's (which appears unlikely), 2016 will be the worst year for Prius sales since 2004. It will be roughly half the number of Priuses (Prii?) sold at their peak in 2007.
And that's a shame, because it is, as we said, the best Prius ever.
|2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring interior.|
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Dynamic radar cruise control
- Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Fog lamps
- Heated outside power mirrors
- Climate control
- 7-inch high-res display
- Premium audio system with navigation
- SofTex-trimmed heated front seats, 8-way power for the driver
- Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
- Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink
- Premium Convenience Package---an upgraded JBL Audio system, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, and Intelligent Parking Assist ($1,705)
- Hypersonic Red paint ($395)
- Universal tablet holder ($99)
- Rear bumper protector ($105)
- Glass breakage sensor ($359)
- Carpeted floor mats and cargo mat ($225)
- Alloy wheel locks ($65)
- Cargo net ($49)
- Illuminated door sills ($299)
- Paint protection film ($395)
That's called inner beauty.